U.S. Citizen Services
The United States government has no higher responsibility than to serve and protect its citizens, including those who live or are traveling abroad. To this end, the American Citizen Services Unit in Costa Rica provides prompt, courteous, and efficient services to United States Citizens and other clients, consistent with U.S. laws and regulations.
American citizens can apply for U.S. passports, document their foreign-born children who qualify as U.S. citizens, notarize documents for execution in the U.S., inquire about social security and other federal benefits, and request help in an emergency.
On 28 August 2014, the Department of State published its Schedule of Fees for Consular Services in the Federal Register. The schedule included fees for passports, immigrant visas and other consular services. The changes took effect on 12 September 2014, 15 days after publication in the Federal Register. The revised fees cover actual operating expenses for the all overseas consular posts, domestic passport agencies and other centers that provide these consular services to U.S. and foreign citizens.
The adjusted fees are based on a Cost of Service Study completed by the Bureau of Consular Affairs in August 2013. The study established the true cost of providing these consular services, which by law must be recovered through collection of fees.
The only fee change affecting American Citizen Services in Costa Rica is:
– Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship: from $450 to $2,350
We are pleased to offer an online appointment system for your convenience. In case of an emergency, you can come to the Embassy Monday-Friday from 8:00AM-11:00AM and take a number (The Federal Benefits Unit, Consular Report of Birth Abroad services, and Notary services will not see anyone without an appointment). We will attend those with appointments first and then call numbers in the order of arrival. Please complete and print all forms and applications PRIOR to your appointment.
For more information on our services, please explore the links to your left. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, you may also send an e-mail inquiry to email@example.com or call +506-2519-2000 during business hours.
If you are reporting an emergency concerning a U.S. citizen in Costa Rica, please see our emergency contact information.
American Citizens Services (ACS): Passports, Notarials, Consular Reports of Births (CRBAs) with appointment only.
ACS Walk-in emergency service hours are Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Note: the Embassy is closed on U.S. and Costa Rican holidays)
LOCATION AND ADDRESS
Location: At the intersection of Calle 98 Vía 104 in the Pavas Section of San José, Costa Rica. (see the map)
Local Mailing Address: 920-1200 San José, Costa Rica
U.S. Mailing Address: US Embassy San Jose, DPO AA 34020
IMPORTANT SECURITY INFORMATION
For security reasons, Embassy visitors are not permitted to enter with bags or electronic devices such as laptops, cameras, tablet computers, or cell phones. Please budget time before your appointment for required security checks
What ACS cannot do?
Act as your lawyer, translator, interpreter, personal assistant, travel agent, investigator, law enforcement agent or real estate agent;
- Provide you or your family with physical protection;
- Arrange release from U.S. military service obligations;
- Pay your debts or fines, sort out property disputes;
- or interfere in judicial proceedings;
- Find you employment, residence, or schools;
- Search for missing luggage;
- Settle disputes with hotel managers and landlords;
- Discuss visa cases.
Land exit tax
For security reasons, visa applicants and American citizens are not allowed to enter the U.S. Consulate or Embassy grounds with bags, food (with the exception of snacks for children under six years old), weapons, or any type of electronic devices (including laptops, iPads, iPods, cameras, memory sticks, CDs, etc.) Please do not bring supporting information (photos, transcripts, ultrasounds, etc.) on electronic devices. Please bring only printed information to your appointment.
The U.S. Consulate General in Costa Rica does not have a storage facility for such items. We strongly discourage visa applicants and visitors to the American Citizen Services section from bringing these items to the Embassy.
If you must bring cell phones, you must leave those items with the security guards at the entrance and pick them up upon exiting. The U.S. government takes no responsibility for devices left at the Embassy.
Your cooperation is appreciated.